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SLCPD Investigating Armed Robbery, Kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is looking for the suspect in a convenience store armed robbery that involved a store customer briefly being held hostage.

This investigation started at 1:51 p.m. on January 9, 2022 when SLCPD officers responded to a convenience store located at 531 East 400 South to investigate an armed robbery.

Multiple officers arrived in the area, secured the store and began looking for the suspect.

During their investigation, officers learned the suspect briefly held a customer at knifepoint and demanded cash from a store employee.

After the store employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect let the hostage go and immediately fled the area.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate him.

The suspect is described as a white adult male in his late 30s, early 40s and is approximately five-feet, six-inches tall with a light build. Witnesses describe the suspect wearing a blue mask, a red t-shirt with black long sleeves underneath and blue jeans.

The person held hostage did not suffer any physical injuries. The SLCPD is working with the victim to offer victim advocacy and support.

Anyone who has information on this case should call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-5124.

At this time, no photos or video of the suspect are available for release.

The SLCPD PIO responded to the scene.

The on-duty SLCPD Watch Commander has no additional information and is not available for interviews.